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I held his hand as the anesthesiologist put a small mask over his mouth and nose, and I watched him fall asleep. I squeezed his shoulder and kissed his cheek as his eyes lost focus and gently closed. After four days of GI, my oldest son, Jack, was “under” for his colonoscopy and endoscopy.

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Moms of Amazing Kids will host a complimentary presentation on Special Needs Trusts & Mass Health for those with loved ones with disabilities. The event is free and open to the public. Learn more about the event, with the following message from the organization:…

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In the proposed Congressional agreement to avert a government shutdown, federal funding for special education next year is held steady and even slightly increased. This is good news for those who feel that “given this political climate…the outcome could have been far worse.” Below is a lead from Disability Scoop regarding the news:

Today we are pleased to publish our new user-friendly Exceptional Lives Resource Directory, a searchable online database of disability programs and providers in Massachusetts.

Supreme Court of the United States

In last week’s Endrew F. v. Douglas Country School District case, the US Supreme Court determined that to meet its requirements under federal law, “a school must offer an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) reasonably calculated to enable a child to make progress appropriate in light of the child’s circumstances.” What does this mean for your child’s IEP?

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“When we design for disability first, you often stumble upon solutions that are better than those when we design for the norm.” —Elise Roy, lawyer, artist, human rights advocate

Youth Leadership Forum group activity

Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD) is hosting the 2017 Massachusetts Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) in partnership with the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission and collaborators across Massachusetts.

YLF is an overnight conference for youth and young adults with disabilities, held annually in Massachusetts and other states across the country. YLF participants build leadership skills and leave better prepared for future employment,

Google Doodle image - Ed Roberts disabilities activist

Disabilities activist Ed Roberts would have celebrated his 78th birthday on January 23. In honor of this pivotal figure in the disabilities community, Google Doodle created artwork for their homepage that featured Roberts giving a lecture in his wheelchair.

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“The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.” —Mark Twain

As diversity leaders, we understand that disability is just another kind of difference, like culture, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation. We recognize that diversity is a valuable source of insight and adaptability,